Computer programs for the creation of text documents, intended to be printed and viewed by people. Although there are still machines dedicated only to word processing, most word processing is performed on general-purpose computers using word processing software.
Most word processing programs allow text editing, word wrap and centering, search and replace, text move and copy, layout settings such as margins, line spacing, font changes, underlining, boldface, italics, headers, footers, page numbers, print preview, and similar functions, dedicated to affecting the look of the content after printing. Many allow insertion of graphics, or clip art.
The FrameMaker document authoring system from Adobe and related tools.
Microsoft Word has become the most popular personal computer word processing software. Originally written for DOS, in a text form, it is now available on Windows and Macintosh platforms, alone, as part of the Microsoft Office suite with the Excel spreadsheet, Outlook mail program and planner, and sometimes PowerPoint presentation manager, and Access database.